2005 Mustang cross mare
Vixen arrived for training in July 2018. This lovely 13-year old, 15hh bay mare is owned by All The Kings Horses Equine Rescue of Connecticut. Several years ago we helped to adopt out another ATHKER horse Jake, and we look forward to working together once again.
When Vixen arrived at the rescue last year, she was still with her mother and both were completely unhandled. Vixen had spent her entire life on the same property and had never had her feet done, been vaccinated, haltered or groomed, and had never even seen other horses or people until she arrived at ATHKER as a 13-year old. Initially, Vixen was extremely fearful and very possessive of her mother, but once they were separated Vixen turned into a completely different horse. The rescue's resident volunteer and trainer began working with her, and over the course of several months was able to get her halter trained and accustomed to some of the necessary basics like leading, lungeing, standing on cross ties, and getting her feet done. She has been saddled, but not yet ridden.
As always, we began at the beginning with Vixen, as it took her some time to settle in to her new home and to trust in her handlers. Currently, Vixen has been saddled, bridled, ponied on the trails, and has had a lot of desensitizing through obstacles and work in hand. She is very tuned in to her handler's body language, and this makes her both challenging and fun to work around. Initially, Vixen had a lot of tightness throughout her body and we have been working with her to introduce softening and bending as she moves. As of December, we anticipate beginning work under saddle very shortly. Vixen is sound and athletic with lovely gaits, and we look forward to showing her the ropes as a riding horse.